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Interim Chief Executive appointed for NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs

Paul JenningsWork has been ongoing to appoint an interim Chief Executive for NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The CCGs are pleased to announce that their respective Governing Bodies have now approved the appointment of Paul Jennings. Paul will be joining the CCGs from today (Wednesday), on an interim basis, until a substantive Chief Executive can be appointed in the coming months.

Paul was born, raised and educated in Birmingham. He retired from substantive roles in the NHS in January 2017, after 38 years’ service; nearly 20 of which were as a Chief Officer or Chief Executive.  He has led a wide range of NHS organisations, as well as being recognised both regionally and nationally for his work.

Paul’s immediate focus will be to support the CCG transition process, whilst taking strategic and leadership responsibility for the continued delivery of the CCGs’ priorities and performance. Over the next few weeks, Paul will be spending time meeting with staff, members and key stakeholders across the area.  

Paul Jennings said: “I am genuinely thrilled at being given the opportunity to play a leading role, as the CCGs enter a new era of commissioning and continue to develop the positive work that has been happening, to improve the health and wellbeing of people across Birmingham and Solihull.  This is a crucial time for the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and I am delighted to be leading this very important element of system transformation.”

Rhod Mitchell, Chair of the Birmingham and Solihull Health Commissioning Board said: “The appointment of Paul Jennings to the role of interim Chief Executive is a major step forward, as we develop a sustainable future for health commissioning across Birmingham and Solihull. He brings with him a wealth of NHS and leadership experience, which will be invaluable to us as we move forward on our journey.”